How A Sewer Line Inspection Saves You Money

By |Published On: July 30th, 2021|Categories: Residential Plumbing, Sewer Systems|

Do you want to know how a sewer line inspection saves you money? You may ask yourself, is paying for a inspection worth the cost? All of these questions are normal and this article is going to answer them all!

What Is A Sewer Line Inspection?

If you notice signs of clogs, blockage, foul odors, or anything else that indicates something is wrong with your sewer lines, you will need a CCTV sewer camera inspection. CCTV stands for Closed Circuit Television. This camera is fed inside of your pipelines, sewer lines, and drains. It allows the plumbers to find the issues without having to dig, remove flooring, or tear down walls to access pipes.

A sewer line inspection is a cost-effective solution to pinpoint the source of the problem and lead plumbers to take the correct course. It’s simple, affordable, and highly recommended for houses that may have older or failing plumbing. Even when purchasing a new house, some insurance companies recommend a CCTV sewer camera inspection to ensure the house is up to code.

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While the camera is fed through, a monitor displays a live feed, giving an accurate understanding of what it sees and all the problems visible. The camera can find obstructions such as:

  • Invasive tree roots. Plant and tree roots search through the dirt for water and nutrients. If they come across a crack, nothing will stop them from penetrating the clay, plastic, or cast iron pipe. They tend to break into the smallest openings, joints, or existing cracks.
  • Collapsed areas.
  • Build up from various substances such as:
    • Grease, oil, and fats. Never dump these down your pipes. They will solidify and build-up, sticking to your pipes causing clogs.
    • “Flushable” wipes. (These wipes are not actually able to properly drain. They are “flushable” in only the sense that the toilet can flush them. Getting it through the drain is a whole other problem).
    • Other accidentally flushed objects.
  • Cracks or breaks. Cast iron corrodes over time and cracks, causing sections of the pipe to collapse. If a vehicle were to drive over an area of pipe, the added pressure could cause it to break as well.

Note: Don’t treat your toilet like a trash can and flush just anything. Make sure only human waste and toilet paper go down into your pipes.

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How A Sewer Line Inspection Works

The CCTV sewer inspection camera designed for inspecting residential pipes 2 to 6 inches in diameter, is hand-operated and fed manually. The camera is attached to the end of a reel that is pushed and pulled by hand.

Equipped with a light, it can travel up to 175 feet down a sewer line from an access point. The access point can be a cleanout, a toilet drain, or some other type of drain. The camera records and stores everything for later analysis.

A sewer camera inspection

How Sewer Line Inspection Saves You Money (How Much Does It Cost?)

If you let problems build up unnoticed, and worst-case scenario, your sewer line breaks and you have sewage leaking everywhere, you are going to pay a lot more money in the end.

Sewer repair can cost up to $15,000 if your sewer line needs to be repair or replaced. A CCTV sewer line inspection can cost around $199 if proper access is available.

What Comes After A Sewer Line Inspection?

After the inspection is completed, and the problems are located, what needs to be done next?
If the pipe just needs to be cleaned, that can be a simple process using hydro-jetting. If the pipe needs more than simple cleaning, we offer trenchless and traditional sewer repair and replacement.

Hydro-jetting – Hydro-jetting uses highly pressurized water to clean out sewer pipes. It’s non-invasive, requires no digging, uses no chemicals and restores your pipes’ original diameter. Sometimes plungers and snakes don’t work, so hydro-jetting is like a super deep clean. It’s not something you can grab off the shelf, so calling a licensed plumber like New Flow Plumbing will get you the service. The condition of the pipe determines the amount of pressure and which nozzles are used during hydro jetting.

Hydro-jetting uses highly-pressurized water to clean out sewer pipes.

Trenchless sewer repair – A method that involves minimal digging, it can replace a damaged pipe in just a few hours. It avoids digging trenches, knocking down walls, or tearing up floors. It’s cost-effective, minimally invasive, and environmentally friendly. There are two types of trenchless repair; sewer pipe bursting and sewer pipe lining. Trenchless sewer repair can last up to 100 years after installation, giving you your money’s worth.

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Traditional sewer repair – Sometimes a pipe is so badly damaged, that trenchless repair is not usable. If a pipe is back-pitched (If a pipe is back-pitched (i.e., it wasn’t installed correctly) or collapsed), we can’t use the trenchless route. Traditional sewer repair does involve digging trenches, but trenchless sewer repair is a common correction.

Who To Call For A Sewer Line Inspection

It’s time that New Flow Plumbing comes in to save the day. We’ll get you started with a CCTV sewer camera inspection to determine where your problems come from. Then, we give you a free repair estimate, followed by available repair options. Whatever the issue, New Flow Plumbing will have your plumbing running perfectly again.

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